Neurotic Nourishment Patreon Bonus Episode 5: Alex Minor, media strategist, explains how to grow your business like a bad-ass!
In this week's Neurotic Nourishment Episode, we listened to the incredible Lisa Phillips discuss how she went BIG with her company, Pink Lady Investigations. Lisa has gone big. HUGE. Multiple offices, and over 120,000 Tik Tok followers! I was blown away by Lisa, and when I spoke to the amazing Alex Minor, he easily broke down some solid tips to growing your business in this multi-media focused world. In fact, my conversation with Alex seemed almost like a roadmap for success, a road map that Lisa had followed based on instinct! But for those of us like myself, who are slightly less intuitive, Alex Minor is the man you should know. You can find out more about Alex on: You Tube Linked In http://www.eyeammedia.com/ and on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/alexminordp
December 24, 2021
Season Three, Episode 17: Lisa Phillips, Pink Lady Investigations
Season Three, Episode 17: Lisa Phillips, Pink Lady Investigations In this week's Neurotic Nourishment Episode, we listened to the incredible Lisa Phillips discuss how she went BIG with her company, Pink Lady Investigations. Lisa has gone big. HUGE. Multiple offices, and over 120,000 Tik Tok followers! Lisa has a history of relationships gone wrong, but then again...who the hell doesn't. Join us for an honest conversation about where her personal life is now -- guess what? There is no paradise in parenting! -- and a brilliant laugh at some of the most awkward things she has had to do to catch her man -- or woman. Lisa doesn't judge, she just makes sure people follow the law, do what they are supposed to, and don't screw over honest people. Lisa is a self-made woman and grew her own business from scratch, from climbing towards the glass ceiling and occasionally breaking a nail in the process. But, if you look at her social media presence, you know she absolutely got it right! In this week's patreon episode, I interview Alex Minor, an expert on growing your business and strategizing about social media. Remember, for just $5 a month you have access to 3-4 bonus and/or early release episodes. For more about Lisa, please visit her at: Pink Lady Investigations On Linked In and on Tik Tok @lisamcassypi #pinkladyinvestigations
December 21, 2021
Season Three, Episode 15: Part Two: The Strength to Move On
Neurotic Nourishment Season Three, Episode 15: Part Two: The Strength to Move In this second part of our two-part series about Jan and Alan Canty, Jan discusses the fallout of life as she knew it. Jan candidly explores with me the times when she kinda should have maybe known that something was up with her husband of so very many years who turned to a young prostitute for love and affection after Jan -- well, after Jan grew up, for lack of a better wording. Spoiler alert: Today Jan is an amazing bad-ass, working on her second book, and very much ready to tell the story that once defined her, but no longer does. If you want to learn more about Jan -- and you should -- you should check out her current book, A Life Divided, and keep an eye out for her second book, which will be released within the next 12 to 18 months. To find out more about Dr. Canty, you can find her at jancantyphd.com.
November 23, 2021
Season Three, Episode 14: Part One: My Husband Died Living A Life I Never Knew Existed
Season Three, Episode 14: Part One: My Husband Died Living A Life I Never Knew Existed When Jan met Dr. Alan Canty, a well-known, well-respected Detroit Psychiatrist, he was eighteen years her senior and quickly became not only her employer, but her biggest cheerleader as well. She proposed to him, suddenly and out of the blue, and their wedding was picked at random when Jan pointed her finger at a calendar. Under Al's guidance, Jan would go from receptionist to college student to a licensed psychologist completing a post-doctorate fellowship. Join me as Jan and I have a painfully candid conversation about what the fuck you do when you discover that your husband has a mistress who is in the sex industry -- and that he has handed over close to $140,000 to her and her pimp. And when Al runs out of money? He dies. This is a two-part episode, the second half of which will be released next week. But...if you would prefer not to wait a week, feel free to join our Patreon at the $5 level and you will have immediate access to the rest of Dr. Jan Canty's story as well as 20 other bonus episodes.
November 16, 2021
Season Three, Episode 13: Murder, Margarita and Mayhem: Talk Murder to Me
Season Three, Episode 13: Murder, Margaritas and Mayhem: Talk Murder to Me You all know about my rapidly growing true crime addiction, so you can only imagine how friggin' excited I was when my guest of a few weeks ago, Dr. Marianne Matzo, happened to mention that her niece hosted a true-crime podcast -- and holy crap, her niece is Nicole LaPorte Perry, one of the three co-hosts of one of my favorite podcasts, Talk Murder to Me! Listening to their podcast is a lot like sitting around a campfire listening to one of your friends tell ghost stories. Jon Perry does the research and editing and then tells the story to the incredibly in the dark and unknowing Nicole and their former roommate, Jen Collins. Have a listen as I scare the crap out of Jon and Nicole with my creepy stalking/intimate knowledge of their podcast. Find out more about the Talk Murder to Me podcast at talkmurder.com, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/talkmurder, on Stitcher at https://www.stitcher.com/show/talk-murder-to-me , and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdyQTnX-4da3gPSyxAwitwA
November 02, 2021
Season Three, Episode 12: All Expert Testimony Is Opinion
Neurotic Nourishment Season Three, Episode 12: All Expert Testimony Is Opinion Warning: If you're not into bloody crime scenes, this episode *probably* isn't for you. Seriously. Maybe you just skip this one, just this one time, of course. In today's episode I get to geek out with Anita Zannin, an expert in Blood Spatter Pattern Analysis. Seriously, guys, don't call it blood spatter, that's just a sign of a newbie, or nub as my kids annoyingly and seemingly randomly say. If you're wondering how Anita came to be an expert in scientific gore, the answer is pretty simple: Kinda by accident. She majored in chemistry, didn't like it, worked in the medical field, still not quite the right fit, was interested in law but not so much being a lawyer, and when an opportunity came up to work with Herb McDonnel, one of the foremost experts in crime scenes who just so happened to testify in the O.J. Simpson case, and no biggie, also trained Henry Lee, a name you might recognize from, oh, I don't know, the Jon Benet Ramsey case, Laci Peterson, and Caylee Anthony, Anita was up for the challenge! Also, if you are into true crime and you haven't listened to Unraveled, hosted by Billy Jensen and Alexis Linkletter, it's time to pause this podcast and head on over there. Seriously, I won't be offended. They are absolutely fucking amazing. In their first season they tackled the Long Island Serial Killer case in a way that *actually* made me interested. And in their latest season, season number three, Anita Zannin appears on the show to explain the facts of forensic evidence -- which are much less glamorous than the story the prosecutors like to weave them into. I guess what I'm saying is that *technically* since Anita came on my podcast and Anita knows Billy and Alexis -- holy shit, my street cred just skyrocketed by association! Anita's website, az-forensics.com is fantastic, and a perfect resource for the student, the teacher, and the creepy-ass true-crime podcaster like me!
October 19, 2021
Neurotic Nourishment Patreon Episode 4: Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro: How to trick your brain into being better behaved
Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro: How to trick your brain into being better behaved Toby Pasman is a neurophysiology researcher and founder of Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro, an applied neuroscience that uses tech to improve the way your brain works its magical cognitive and emotional functions. Toby created a complimentary "Six Steps to Better Cognitive Performance '' PDF that our listeners can receive if they sign up for his newsletter list at roscoeswetsuitneuro.com. Toby also created the special promo code "NEUROTIC21" that listeners can use to get 15% off their first Neuro Health Coaching session if you decide to sign up! You can find more information at roscoeswetsuitneuro.com/neuroticnourishment.
October 08, 2021
Season Three, Episode 11: How Do You Recover From A Stroke: Marcia Moran
Season Three, Episode #11: How Do You Recover From A Stroke: Marcia Moran Marcia Moran is the survivor of a massive stroke that caused her to lose the ability to speak (also known as aphasia) and resulted in limited control over the movement in the right half of her body. But, these days Marcia isn't just surviving, she is seriously thriving. Thanks to her hard work, the advocacy of her husband on her behalf, and large amounts of time spent with neurologists specializing in EMDR and brain mapping, Marcia Moran is an outspoken advocate on stroke awareness, the author of Stroke Forward, the autobiography she penned about the process of recovering from a stroke and advocating for proper medical care -- specifically, the medical care and medical practitioners that are right for *you.* You can find out more about Marcia at: http://www.StrokeForward.com LinkedIn URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/marciamoran/ Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/StrokeForward/ Twitter URL https://twitter.com/Stroke_Forward
October 05, 2021
Season Three, Episode 10: How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes
Season Three, Episode 10: How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes Melinda Wenner Moyer is an award-winning journalist whose research-based articles have appeared in pretty much every publication that has rejected my own work. She is a contributing editor at Scientific American magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, and other national magazines and newspapers. She is a faculty member in the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her first book, How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, was published in July 2021 by J.P. Putnam’s Sons. Go to her website www.melindawennermoyer.com to subscribe to her newsletter in order to receive a weekly dose of insight, information, and amusing anecdotes. You can also find her on Twitter @lindy2350 and on instagram @MelindaWMoyer Link to purchase the book
September 28, 2021
Season Three, Episode 9: How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Death With Dr. Marianne Matzo
Season Three, Episode #9: How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Death With Dr. Marianne Matzo To hear Dr. Marianne Matzo tell the story, it sounds like she has always wanted to work with the elderly, and from the early days of nursing school, she quickly noticed a difference between the way the doctors attended to elderly, declining patients, and the way the nurses did. Maybe that was because doctors intended to fix and cure, while nurses...well, they tend to spend enough time around the patients to get to know them in a way that puts comfort and concern ahead of numbers and success rates. Dr. Matzo threw herself into the field of gerontology wholeheartedly, as she went on to achieve a Doctorate in Gerentology, became a licensed and registered Nurse Practitioner, and wrote one of the foremost books about palliative care in nursing. These days, Dr. Matzo likes to call herself "retired," although between you and I, dear listener, she is kind of full of crap. But in a good way. Dr. Matzo didn't actually retire, she just found a few new "side hustles" to keep her busy. Dr. Matzo is the host of the podcast "Every 1 Dies" (www.ever1dies.org), a weekly podcast where Dr. Matzo invites guests to come discuss all aspects of dying, whether it be hosting a pet psychic, or interviewing a death doula, or speaking honestly and openly to someone who might be struggling to come to terms with their own mortality. Dr. Matzo is also the author of Everyone Dies (www.everyonediesthebook.com), a children's book that is meant for both caregiver and child to help all of us find the words to use to discuss death. In addition, Dr. Matzo has an educational website that provides resources related to understanding, coping, and accepting death. That website is https://every1dies.org One last quick note: I was so intrigued with Dr. Matzo's explanation for how simple it is to talk to children about death that as a bonus Patreon episode -- just $5 a month and you get 3-4 extra behind the scenes episodes! -- I will be releasing an episode where I talk to my 10 and 12-year-old using Dr. Matzo's explanations. Join Patreon and you'll hear that and so much more!
September 21, 2021
Season Three, Episode 8: Can Murderers Learn to Be Mediators? Doug Noll and the Prison of Peace Project Say Yes!
Season Three, Episode 8: Can Murderers Learn to Be Mediators? Doug Noll and the Prison of Peace Project Say Yes! This week's Patreon episode: Season Three, Patreon Episode #3: More about the woman whose letter started Prison of Peace! Doug Noll spent 22 years as a trial attorney before getting his Master’s Degree in Mediation and accidentally stumbling into an opportunity to make a difference in the California prison system. Doug Noll is the co-founder of Prison of Peace (www.prisonofpeace.org), training murderers in maximum-security prisons how to be peacemakers and mediators in their prison communities. Mr. Noll has written four books, his latest released on September 12, 2017, entitled De-Escalate: How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less (Atria/Beyond Words). He is the creator of online video courses in legal negotiation and emotional de-escalation and has conducted dozens of webinars. His video offerings on YouTube have garnered over 87,000 views. You can find Doug Noll On Twitter @DougNoll, on Facebook @Douglas Noll, and on his website dougnoll.com Link to his YouTube Channel https://dougnoll.com/podcast/weisner/
September 14, 2021
Bonus Episode from our Patreon! Evan Jarschauer was kidnapped in the 80s, but...what about the other kids?
Bonus Episode! Season Three, Patreon Episode #1 In 1983, Rebecca and Vaughn Arceneaux of Kaplan, Louisiana, finally decided to separate after several years of remaining in a not-so-great marriage. Rebecca was given custody of their son, Beau, who was somewhere between 15 and 17 months old. The judge established a steady visitation schedule in which Beau was with Vaughn every other weekend. But, on November 22, 1983, father, Vaugh, failed to return Beau at the pre-arranged time. On September 15th, 1995, 12-year-old Beau, who lived in Austin, Texas, was chatting on the internet with a friend from Delaware. Colleen Lorenson made a joke that she could be his mother, since she was twice his age. But, Beau confessed that he wished he had a mother, since he hadn’t spoken to his own mother in 12 years. His father said Beau’s mother left him because she didn’t love him. Colleen Lorenson, from Delaware, just didn’t buy it. Neither did Kandy Slack, Beau’s neighbor whose computer he was borrowing, or Joni Whiting, from Minnesota. The three women were determined to find out the truth about Vaughn. For those of you who don't know what Patreon is, Patreon is a way for you, the listeners, to support your favorite podcasts by donating small amounts of money each month. At Neurotic Nourishment we have a $3 level, which earns you a public thank you, a $5 level, which gives you access to 3-4 bonus episodes per month, a $10 level that allows you access to the monthly live Q & A sessions, and the rather unlikely $100 level, which qualifies you for sainthood -- at least in my eyes, that is. If you enjoy this episode and you would like to hear more, please head over to patreon.com and consider joining our Patreon!
September 10, 2021
Season Three, Episode 7: A Kardashian, a Kidnapping, and Kicking Addiction
Season Three, Episode 7: A Kardashian, a Kidnapping, and Kicking Addiction Evan Jarschauer, the Kardashian Interventionist, makes it his job to reunite families who have been torn apart by substance abuse. Perhaps part of his motivation and talent for repairing families comes from his own childhood kidnapping, although his description certainly left me with more questions than answers. Join Evan and I for a brutally honest discussion about addiction, recovery, and mental health. To find out more about Evan, you can find him on Facebook and Twitter @Behavioral Help Solutions and on his website, Behaviorhelp.com
August 24, 2021
Season Three, Episode 6: Jaimie Beebe: Boobs + Brains = Bad-Ass Bitch
Season Three, Episode 6: Jaimie Beebe is the co-host of Strictly Stalking, along with Jake Deptula, a true-crime podcast that gives the survivors of stalking the opportunity for their story to be heard. I use the word survivors deliberately because labeling someone as a victim after they live through an awful ordeal just seems wrong. Jaimie is annoyingly gorgeous and upbeat and truly passionate about using her platform as a resource for anyone who may be struggling with domestic violence, stalking, or in any other way feels unsafe. You can find Jaimie: Instagram @feathergirl77 Instagram @strictlystalkingpod Facebook @Jaimie.Beebe Twitter @JaimieCasting
August 17, 2021
Season Three, Episode 5: We're Coming Back!
This is nothing more than a brief, adorable explanation for where I have been and what my children think I spend all my time doing...and they're not wrong. Tons of exciting guests to look forward to!
August 16, 2021
Season Three, Episode 4: What Can You Live With?
Season Three, Episode 4: What Can You Live With? In this episode, I talk to Dr. Alan Winder, Psychologist and Certified Divorce and Family Mediator, about the state of relationships during the pandemic. How have things changed? Are there more people getting divorced? Are there more couples seeking therapy in light of quarantine and Corona anxiety? Have a listen as Dr. Winder tells us how to keep our marriages together, and how to know when to walk away. For more information about Dr. Winder, you can find him at the following places: Website: https://www.drwinder.com/ Blog: https://www.drwinder.com/blogs/ Psychology Today: https://www.facebook.com/itspsych/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drwinder?lang=en Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drwinder/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drwindersessions/
March 10, 2021
Season Three, Episode 3: "But, Would You Tell Me If You Were Thinking About Suicide?"
Today’s episode was made for you, the listener. You, personally, I mean. You see, my dear listeners, I know who you are and what you struggle with. I know that you constantly strive to make your outside prettier than your inside, because damn, although mental health is important – and you know this – but, you live in a time or a town or a world where women are not supposed to age at all, and certainly not gracefully. You juggle a million hats. You have an idealized version of mom and wife and friend and daughter that you will never quite achieve. You don’t get sad, you go to the gym. You don’t get angry, you weigh your food and count your macros. You shrug off the shame that still lingers from your childhood or adolescence or 20something life. Maybe the shame is the result of something you did. Maybe it was something that was done to you, through no fault of your own. And yet, you power on. But for how long? Dr. Margaret Rutherford is a seasoned psychologist and the author of Perfectly Hidden Depression. As psychologists, and as people, we have been taught what depression looks like. And if your outside doesn’t match your inside, if our view of depression doesn’t match what a person is putting out there, than these people, these feelings, maybe even your feelings, dear listener, are left overlooked and untreated. Dr. Rutherford’s book, and my conversation with her, proved to be an eye-opening experience. I now ask my patients not only “Have you had thoughts about suicide?” but also, a follow up question, “Would you tell me if you did?” For more information about Dr. Rutherford and this syndrome of Perfectly Hidden Depression, check out the links in the show notes. Usually I say that I hope you enjoy this episode. In this case, I hope you hear this episode with an open mind, and a new perspective on what you and/or your loved ones may be going through. Website: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrMargaretRutherford Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drmargaretrutherford/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctor_margaret
February 09, 2021
Season Three, Episode 2: What Would You Do To Save Your Child’s Life?
Season Three, Episode 2: What Would You Do To Save Your Child’s Life? In today’s episode, I struggle not to cry – because tears would do Jordan Ogman very little good. And my tears would probably be even less helpful to David Ogman, my current guest, new friend, and Jordan’s father. To understand this episode I think it helps if I explain how I connected with David: A few weeks ago I posted on my Facebook feed, asking if anyone had a story to share about living their best life during the pandemic. Or something along those lines. You see, as much as I bitch and complain about remote learning and never having a free moment to myself, the truth is that I have gotten to spend more time with my ten and twelve-year old children – who, yeah, are sometimes huge pains in the ass – than I would ever have spent otherwise. I have had the opportunity to complete my 200 hour teacher training, I have made some incredible friends on the other end of the universe, and I have managed to purchase more snarky shirts with funny phrases on them than I would have ever thought possible. But, I have also had a lot of bad, crappy, garbage-y days. So many of us discuss the bad, the isolation, the loneliness, the dear-god-what-I-wouldn’t-give-for-a-year-with-a-lot-less-excitement – it made me wonder, who out there is winning right now. Someone, somewhere, deserves to have a win. David’s answer shocked the sh@# out of me. David’s son, Jordan, is currently five years old. But, will he make it to age six? After a normal pregnancy and a slightly difficult birth that resulted in a week at the NICU, Jordan’s first year of life went…normally. But shortly after Jordan’s first birthday it became clear that there was a developmental delay that no one could fully diagnose. That’s because the disease that Jordan had been born with, TECPR2, was so new, and so rare, that the Jewish Genetic Screening that most Jews of Ashkanazi descent decide to undergo, had yet to develop a way to identify TECPR2 until a year after Jordan was born. The good news is, Jordan’s smile, charisma, and devotion to the Florida Gators managed to win over the heart of a researcher at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. But research takes time. And money. And the pandemic – although it has been an economic blow for so many, has also given David a platform to raise awareness about Jordan’s condition. And more awareness means the potential to raise more money. To find our more about Jordan, or to donate money to Shand’s Hospital’s Research on TECPR2, visit www.savingjordan.org
January 27, 2021
Season Three, Episode 1: Suicide, Silence and What Comes Next
Season Three, Episode 1: Suicide, Silence, And What Comes Next In today’s episode I get to reconnect with R.R. Campbell, also known as Ryan Campbell. I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite conversations I have ever had while podcasting, and Ryan may very well be quickly becoming one of my favorite human beings. Our conversation starts with the power of words and what we should and shouldn’t say when discussing suicide and mental health issues. I am not a fan of tip-toe-ing around word choice and diction, because I believe intentions matter more. Ryan and I discuss what happens in the aftermath of a parent’s suicide attempt, the power of humor to get us through tough situations, and how to move forward after someone you love takes their own life. Spoiler alert: throwing yourself into your work – no matter how passionately you feel about your work – is just another form of escapism and/or addiction. Ryan (R.R.) Campbell is an International Book Awards finalist, the Craft Development Chair for the Wisconsin Writers Association, and the founder of the Writescast Network. His published novels include Accounting for It All and Imminent Dawn, which debuted as the number one new release for its genre on Amazon. Its sequel, Mourning Dove, is now available in print and ebook with most major retailers. Ryan has also been an instructor for the University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies in Writing program. He has been an invited speaker at conferences and seminars including the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute, Write by the Lake, UntitledTown, Lakefly Writers Conference, WisCon, and Great River Writes. His short-form fiction has been featured in Five:2:One Magazine’s #thesideshow, among others. Ryan lives in Stoughton, Wisconsin with his wife, Lacey, where they co-own and operate Kill Your Darlings Candle Company, which makes candles for the wordsmiths of the world. Ryan’s newest book, And Ampersand: Short Stories on Endings and Beginnings (of a Sort) is available for preorder at www.books2read.com/andampersand. You can find more about Ryan at ryanrcampbell.com Twitter: @iamrrcampbell Instagram: @iamrrcampbell Facebook: facebook.com/iamrrcampbell
January 19, 2021
Season Two, Episode 34: Justin Shanes: The Lawyer Who Said Fuck It and Made People Laugh
Justin Shanes is a comedy writer living in Los Angeles. Having left his job as a corporate litigator in 2009, he began performing standup comedy and improv around New York before eventually getting hired to write for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Daytime Emmy for Word Girl, he ultimately began writing for the NBC sitcom Superstore, where he is currently a supervising producer. He is from Plainview, New York, and despite a two week-long misunderstanding on my part, he did NOT go to Georgetown. Justin is a great guy, a good sport – he tolerated me! – and someone to follow on Twitter @justinshanes And don’t forget to watch the new season of NBC’s Superstore, which airs Thursday, October 29th at 8 PM
October 22, 2020
Season Two, Episode 32: Darius Baxter, The Selfish Giver
Season Two, Episode 31: Darius Baxter, The Selfish Giver Darius Baxter, CEO of GOODProjects, has made a vow to get 500 families out of poverty by 2030, and he thinks he is selfish. Because he enjoys giving to people, he enjoys empowering the impoverished community of South West Washington, D.C., and he enjoys paving the way for children in the projects to find a way out of the pattern they were born into. Darius is a fellow Georgetown alum, who met his best friends and co-founders in college. All three men grew up poor, with a childhood that could have left anyone traumatized. In Darius’s case, his father’s murder when he was 9-years-old resulted in being homeless, as his schoolteacher mother struggled to make ends meet. In 2016 GOODProjects began a summer camp to keep children off the streets and out of harm’s way, and employed older teens as counselors, to work and mentor these campers, or Dreamers, as they are referred to. Dreamers are fed three times a day and engage in academic enrichment, as well as fun and trauma counseling. In 2020, GOODProjects also began to pair Family Success Managers with the parents of the Dreamers in order to guide them towards self-sufficiency and out of poverty. This non-profit has done great things, and at 25-years-old, Darius is only at the beginning of the amazing work he will do throughout his life. For more information on how you can help, visit www.goodprojects.organd be sure to follow Darius on Instagram @Darius Baxter or @GOODProjectsDC and on Twitter @DariusiBaxter
October 14, 2020
Neurotic Nourishment: Season Two, Episode 33: Ariel Elias: Comedians Can Change The World
Ariel Elias, a Kentucky Jew turned NYC transplant, was not named after The Little Mermaid, FYI. And if you had any doubt, listen to the comedian kick ass in a Roast Battle -- no way some fish-girl could rip someone's soul out with a smile. A lot of people in the entertainment industry have taken on new jobs during the recession of the pandemic, but Ariel's job is potentially game-changing. Ariel works for the 2020 Census Department (go to www.2020census.gov and you can fill it out online). Ariel spends her days knocking on doors in an attempt to find out more about what the individuals in a certain community need in order to better themselves. Sometimes people answer. Sometimes assholes like me duck behind the couch and loudly whisper to their children to be quiet and pretend no one is home. (What, like you never pulled that shit?) The thing is, the results of the 2020 Census are as important as the results of the 2020 election. Perhaps even more so. (Disclaimer: You should get off your ass and vote, I am by no means excusing you from November 3rd) Data collected from the 2020 Census is used to determine the number of people in a given community, the most important needs of that community, and therefore how government money should be allotted for supplemental aid such as improvements for schools, roads, healthcare, Medicaid, educational programs such as Head Start, mental health services, and nutrition assistance programs. These services are essential for the survival of some of the disenfranchised or impoverished communities. But, without the information from the census, we lack the numbers to convince the government to spend the money. Equally important, population determines the the number of seats each state is allotted within the House of Representatives. And that can clearly be a game changer. Please, please, please spread the word about participating in the 2020 census. And please, please, please follow the amazing Ariel Elias on Twitter and Instagram @ArielSElias
October 14, 2020
Season Two, Episode 31: Mean Girls Need Not Apply With Felicia Madison
Season Two, Episode 31: Mean Girls Need Not Apply With Felicia Madison On March 16, 2020 Felicia Madison premiered her one-woman show, The Miserable Mrs. Madison. It seems like it would be a tough gig to make a pretty, privileged, well-educated, funny white woman appear likable and relatable -- and yet, Felicia does easily, while simultaneously exploring the touching relationship with her father and his loss that came too soon. The timing of the release could have been better, but this show is just the tip of the iceberg for Felicia's career. Have a listen as Felicia and I discuss comedy in a world that needs political correctness, the need for women to help raise up and mentor other women, and why mental health has nothing to do with money. Felicia is the host of the MTNesters Podcast, and coordinates the F Comedy Club (FComedyClub.com) that provides open mic opportunities and mentorship for comedians at all levels (currently online due to pandemic). She has also launched the You Tube show Broadish Show (@BroadishShow), where four funny broads chop it up and spit it out: Follow Felicia on Instagram @FeliciaMadisonComedian, on Twitter @FeliciaLMadison, and on her website www.FeliciaMadison.com The Broadish Show: https://t.co/qBjnVS2v9b?amp=1 The Miserable Mrs. Madison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQznBXPzHq8
September 22, 2020
Season Two, Episode 30: Comedian Amy Veltman: And you thought being a working mom was tough eight months ago...
Amy Veltman is the queen of re-inventing herself and has more talents than any one should be allotted in a lifetime. Amy was a screenwriter in Hollywood and sold a screenplay, Rock of Ages, that is really too good to not be made into a movie. I mean, if we start doing that making movies thing again any time soon. Amy left Hollywood for the corporate world and then made the leap of faith into a career that I have no doubt she was born for: comedy. Amy has appeared at The Comedy Cellar, Charm City Comedy Festival, The Ladies of Laughter Competition, New York Comedy Club, and many more. She was also the first place winner of the Laughing Matters Comedy Competition. You can find out more about Amy at www.amyveltman.com or follow her on Instagram @TheRealAmyVeltman. And be sure to check out her podcast, 2 Moms On The Couch, which features her edgy take on motherhood, marriage, and being an outsider in an insider’s world.
September 14, 2020
Season Two, Episode 29: Boobies And Breasties with Caitlyn Brodnick
Caitlyn Brodnick is the sweetest woman you will ever meet, from her adorable, pixie-like voice to her love for her son – she’s adorable and funny and brave and talented. In 2013, Caitlyn won an Emmy Award – yeah, a legit Emmy – for her Glamour docuseries Screw You Cancer, where she documents the experience of undergoing a voluntary double mastectomy after receiving a Braca 1 Diagnosis. Caitlyn is also the author of Dangerous Boobies, a book that proves that you can find humor in everything – even breast cancer. Caitlyn is the co-host of the ScamWow Podcast, where she and her bestie, Sue Smith, discuss so many scams that Caitlyn could probably change careers and become a scam artist herself. You can find Caitlyn on Instagram and Twitter @CaityBrodnick
September 08, 2020
Season Two, Episode 28: Suicide and Stalking Jim Norton
Jim Norton makes suicidal thoughts funny. And I respect the hell out of him for that. In a world where words seem to matter more than intentions, we all need to take a pause and consider the complexity of mental health. Comedians are clearly either thriving or drowning during this pandemic, and although Jim says he is “lucky” enough to be doing well, the truth is simply that he has spent years honing his craft of self-deprecation, honesty, and coming off as a deep-thinking dickhead. Spoiler alert: He is actually a really nice guy, as evidenced by this interview and by the fact that he didn’t file a restraining order against me during my attempts to woo him onto the podcast. You can find out more about Jim on his website www.jimnorton.com and follow him on Instagram @JimNorton. I, personally, highly recommend checking out The Degenerates Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix, and be sure to check out Jim’s podcast, The Chip Chipperson Podcast, and the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts radio show on Faction Talk, available at Sirius XM Radio.
August 31, 2020
Season Two, Episode 27: What's The Lesson of 2020? Laugh Til It Hurts, With Special Guest Comedian Von Mychael
Season Two, Episode 27: What's The Lesson of 2020: Comedian Von Mychael discusses comedy during Covid, Karen and her 911 calls, and his own physical and mental growth during the pandemic. Von Mychael, Host of the What's The Lesson Podcast, has hustled his a$$ of to become a celebrated name in comedy. Von Mychael recently won second place at Amateur Night at the Apollo, where he won 2nd place. Mychael is a 6-time winner of the Funnybone Clash of Comics. He’s opened for heavy weights in comedy such as Jamie Kennedy, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Guy Torry and Tony Woodz. You can follow Von Mychael on: Facebook @VonMychael Instagram @VonMychael
August 25, 2020
Season Two, Episode 26: A Cuntservative Conversation With Comedian Joe Gerics
Joe Gerics is a comedian and founder of the Fairfield Comedy Club located in (you guessed it!) Fairfield, Connecticut. He has performed on Sirius XM and in the Connecticut Comedy Festival. While he is not performing or producing comedy, Joe resides in Trumbull, CT, with his wife and their two rescue dogs, where he serves on the Town Council. Joe is also the host of the podcast "It's A Hustle." You can find Joe on Instagram @joegerics and if you’re in the Connecticut area and you need a date night idea, be sure to check the Fairfield Comedy Club at www.fairfieldcomedyclub.comand on Instagram @fairfieldcomedyclub Also, today is Joe’s wife’s birthday, so Happy Birthday, Karina! And if you are looking for some nutritional guidance on surviving the pandemic, overcoming chronic pain, or dealing with hormonal imbalances, be sure to check out her website karinastrobl.com
August 20, 2020
Season Two, Episode 25: Can We Crop Dust The World With Hallucinogenic Drugs?
Season Two, Episode 25: Can We Crop Dust The World With Hallucinogenic Drugs? Today was a great day. I got to chat with one of my new favorite people to stalk, New York-based comedian, Mike Cannon. In March 2017 Mike made his stand-up comedy television debut on AXS Gotham Comedy Live with host and stand-up comedy icon/first time stand- up performer, Fran Drescher. He was also a finalist in the 2016 (and 2014) New York Comedy Festival’s “NY’s Funniest” contest. In 2020 Mike earned critical acclaim for his Amazon Prime film “Timing,”and released his first comedy special called “Life Begins.” Mike’s debut comedy album “I Think It Just Kicked In” released in September of 2017 through 800 Pound Gorilla Records debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts and #7 on Billboard comedy charts and has over 4 million streams on Pandora. It garnered an incredible response and extremely positive reviews from audiences, comedy journalists, and fellow comedians alike. His second audio album, same title, was released February 2020 through 800 Pound Gorilla Records and debuted at the top of the iTunes Comedy Charts. Mike is also the current co-host of the Irish Goodbye Podcast. When we aren’t in the middle of a global pandemic, Mike tours the country, and is a regular at the major New York Clubs including The Comedy Cellar and New York Comedy Club. Feel free to stalk Mike like I did! You can find him on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat @IamMikeCannon And check out his podcast, Irish Goodbye Podcast
August 13, 2020
Season Two, Episode 24: Are You Smarter Than A Pandemic-Schooled Fifth Grader
Season Two, Episode 24: Are You Smarter Than A Pandemic-Schooled Fifth Grader In this episode, I am joined by my two children, Hunter and Elexis. Together, their averaged age is 10 years, 7 months, and 18 days, so -- Hah! A pandemic-schooled fifth grader! Join my not-so-littles as we explore how the Coronapocalypse knowledge of a child compares to the average adult Facebook user. Have a listen as we play True or False about Covid rumors, such as Lysol Lychee Martini's, the constitutionality of mandating masks, and whether children can get children. We also have a fantastic conversation about conspiracy theories and who is more likely to fashion tin foil hats.
July 29, 2020
Season Two, Episode 23: Saving The World May Start With A Praying Mantis
Season Two, Episode 23: In today's episode, I speak with Jennifer Vitanzo: award-winning songwriter, photojournalist, and wildlife advocate. She uses her experience living and working in the wild of the South African Bush to create a unique series of workshops that educate children about environmental and social causes. When she isn't performing, presenting at schools and community centers. Occasionally, she sleeps. You can find Jennifer Vitanzo's new book Santiago: True Tales of a Little Bug in a Big World (BOTH of my kids loved it, which is a bloody miracle!) here: https://www.amazon.com/Santiago-True-Tales-Little-World/dp/1733786511/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=jennifer+vitanzo&qid=1595426130&sr=8-1 and here: www.santiagobugbook.com
July 22, 2020
Season Two, Episode 22: Happy Birthday To The Anti-Tiger King: Mike Bober
Season Two, Episode 22: Happy Birthday To The Anti-Tiger King: Mike Bober, President & CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Committee! Okay, TBH, Mike isn't the Anti-Tiger King because -- well, tigers aren't typical pets. Mike is a long-time friend, a constant source of World War II information, a willing editor when I was desperately-seeking help, and my most constant AOL messenger companion when we were working crappy jobs in our early 20s. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Committee (PIJAC) is a community of legislative, regulatory, and governing bodies in order to: 1) Promote animal well-being and responsible pet ownerships 2) Foster environmental "stewardship" 3) Ensure the availability of healthy pets Have a listen to us as we catch up on parenting in the pandemic and don't forget to check out pijac.org and become a member to help our adorable pets!
July 08, 2020
Season Two, Episode 21: Hope Knows No Color
Season Two, Episode 21: Hope Knows No Color In this week's episode I am joined by Nik Reese, a personal trainer and fitness fanatic who avoids fad diets and helps smart women make achieve long-lasting change. He is also a black man married to a white woman, and he was gracious enough to agree to talk to me about the current racial climate, the idea of systemic racism, and how/why white people are being told to "shut up and listen" but also to use their white privilege and platform to make a difference in the world. Nik, I cannot thank you enough. You can find Nik on Facebook and Instagram @ Nik Reese
July 02, 2020
Season Two, Episode 20: Look, Ma, No Pants!: How 9/11 Can Help Explain To Our Kids That We Will All Be Okay
Season Two, Episode 20: In today's episode I get to hang with Gae Polisner, the widely acclaimed children/young adult author about the lack of pants we wear during the pandemic. We also discuss her book about 9/11, The Memory of Things, and how books like hers can help us to comfort our children during this pandemic. See, I know that this, too, shall pass, because I remember that day that changed everything. I remember a day when we didn't have to take off our shoes and measure out our shampoo in order to board a plane. And because I remember the before so vividly, I know that one day we will have an after. That is what I tell my kids. That is what I tell myself. During the pandemic Gae released two new books, Jack Kerouac Is Dead To Me -- which I adored, and Seven Clues To Finding Home -- which my daughter raves about. Make sure to check out her website, gaepolisner.com, and follow her on FB @gaepolisnerauthor, and on Instagram and Twitter @gaepol
June 23, 2020
Season Two, Episode 19: It's Fun to Fu@#!
Season Two, Episode 19: It's Fun To Fuck! Rachel Klechevsky, Sex Therapist, blogger, and the co-host of the podcast Sexistential U, joins me to discuss what a Sex Therapist does -- and does not do (keep your pics to yourself, please -- and how she went from a conservative upbringing to a fairly unconservative profession. Rachel often works with a more religious, Orthodox Jewish population, and has found away to bring the Torah and Talmud into her discussions, rather than having her clients fight against discussions of sexuality. You can -- and should -- stalk Rachel on her website and blog RachelSexTherapy.com, on her podcast Sexistential U, and if you are interested in finding out more about Rachel you can email her at Rachel.Klechevsky@gmail.com
June 08, 2020
Season Two, Episode 18: The Sky Is Falling With James Morrow: Are We Staying Inside To Avoid Corona Or Running Outside To Protest Racism
Season Two, Episode 18: James Morrow is the opinion editor of Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper and host of the weekly current affairs show OUTSIDERS on Sky News Australia. James is a political junkie, a history buff, and a keen home cook who once one the Viewers Choice Award on Come Dine With Me. Oh, and twenty years ago, James introduced me to the beauty of the dirty vodka martini -- a fact that I am hugely grateful of to this day. I could only love him more if he had introduced me to single malt whiskey. In this episode James and I discuss racism, Corona paranoia, quarantine anger, and why protests aren't effective right now.
June 03, 2020
Season Two, Episode 17: Relationship Anarchy and Am I The Only One Who Didn't Know That Long Island is a Hotbed for Swingers?
Season Two, Episode 17: The Coronapocalypse is starting to get to me, and unlike many of you, I have more fear of the world re-opening than excitement. I started to feel really disconnected and last night after a few glasses (bottles) of wine (whiskey) I posted on FB asking any friends who would be willing to podcast with me to come hang for an hour. This episode is the first of several to come, and in it I talk to Jessica. I have not had an actual conversation with Jessica in probably close to eight years, but she had a whole lot to say about relationship anarchy, polyamory, and an underground world of Long Island that I am apparently the last to know about!
May 26, 2020
Season Two, Episode 16: Happy One Year Anniversary!
Season Two, Episode 16: Happy One Year Anniversary! My favorite co-host and bad-ass nutritionist Sharone Sapir returns for a look back on this first year. We review the top ten best moments of the pod and fawn over all the amazing people we have met along the way. Hope you enjoy! Also, apologies in advance for the massively bad editing I attempted. Cringe your way through it.
May 16, 2020
Season 2, Episode 15: Microaggression, Facebook Bullying, And Why The Customer Isn't Always Right
Season 2, Episode 15: I recorded this episode with Dr. Alisa Hurwitz, or as she is better known by her fans, Dr. Drama. We discussed microagressions and the subjectivity of them. This morning I woke up to a lovely, rageful, non-sensical debate on my neighborhood facebook group. It. Was. Harsh. Those who commented seemed to dance around the ideas of racism and anti-semitism and bigotry -- psst, there is a word that means to judge someone by their religion, and it is bigotry. Your welcome. Microaggressions are perceived slights against a marginalized group. My issue with this definition is that in psychology, much research has been done to examine the Fundamental Attribution Error. Essentially, if you are mean to me, I assume that you are a mean person. If I am mean to you, I expect you to intuit that I am having a bad day. Alisa and I ended up failing to come to an agreement other than the fact that few people intend on knowingly hurting someone by committing a microaggression, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to be more sensitive with our words and actions.
May 11, 2020
Season 2, Episode 14: Myths, Feminism, and The Decision To Have A Child
Season 2, Episode 14: In this episode, my son and I get to hang out with Liv Albert of Let's Talk About Myths, Baby. Liv is super-bright, super-educated, and an all-around bad-ass progressive woman. Liv has a degree in English Literature & Classical Civilizations from Concordia University in Montreal. In this episode Liv and I -- along with a special guest appearance by my starstruck son -- discuss how her #SmashThePatriarchy podcast came to be, and her thoughts about having children: It's a decision not to be taken lightly, and a path that Liv has decided not to go down. I found this conversation fascinating, and thought-provoking -- especially since speaking for myself, and most of my generation, I don't think the thought of not having children ever really occurred to us.
May 04, 2020
Season 2, Episode 13: Domestic Violence Needs To Stop
As most of us wade through the confusion and chaos of Covid-19, there are men, women, and children out there who are saddled with an additional struggle. From February to March reports of domestic violence increased 20% and Google searches for those looking for help dealing with domestic violence increased 75%. This episode was recorded many months ago, but there seems no better time to share my conversation with Josie Naikoi about how she managed to get the courage and the means to leave an abusive relationship and find her way to a better life. Josie is a licensed nutritionist and Instagram fitspo, as well as the host of the podcast, You Can Do Better, Bitch! Follow Josie on instagram @JosieQuitsCake
April 20, 2020
Today Is Tomorrow's Alarmist Episode
Season 2, Episode 12: I begged, pleaded, and stalked the fantastically beautiful, brilliant, and neurotic host of The Alarmist, Rebecca Delgado Smith, into coming on the podcast in an attempt to destigmatize mental health. (Trust me, my stalking made this episode kinda awkward...) Rebecca uses her own anxiety, or catastrophizing, as fuel for her podcast as she examines past tragedies and who is to blame. That was over a month ago. And now...well, what a long, strange trip it has been. I suggest you listen to this episode, and to The Alarmist Podcast, and keep in mind that we have been through worse in the past, and there will be worse in the future. Today's insanity will eventually lead to a new normal for tomorrow. Follow Rebecca Delgado Smith on Instagram @thealarmistpodcast
April 01, 2020
Season 2, Episode 11: You need to know: U=U and this is not the first pandemic we have survived
Raif Derazzi is a smoking hot, all natural body builder, bad-ass and he just so happens to have HIV. HIV that is undetectable, scientifically, because that is how far science has come. I know, I know, we are all struggling through this pandemic. I feel like I'm on a friggin' strugglebus, trust me. Some days I forget to eat. Many more days I have eaten twelve meals by 10:30 AM. This is life for now. This is grief. This is anxiety. This is now. This episode is important for now. This episode is important because we have gotten through shit before, and we will get through shit again. This pandemic will pass. We will lose people, just as we did in the AIDS pandemic from 2008-2012. And WE. WILL. SURVIVE. As a people, even if not as individuals. Please follow Raif on FB, Insta, and YouTube @RaifDerazzi
March 26, 2020
Season 2, Episode 10: My Mom Tried To Kill Herself: Sometimes your mess is your message
Season 2, Episode 10: I specifically chose to air this episode this week, in honor of my upcoming book, Ten Steps To Finding Happy, and with the hopes of raising awareness of teen suicide prevention and the need to destigmatize mental health #10StepsEndTheStigma. Unfortunately, this whole pandemic pain-in-the-ass crushed my dreams. Instead, we will be doing a virtual book launch on March 20th starting at 3 PM EST in the FB group Finding Happy. Aloise blew me away when she suggested that maybe, somehow, on a deep, spiritual level, we chose our parents. We chose our parents to work through something we need to get to the next level of higher being. Sometimes your mess is your message, she suggested. And damn, it hit me hard. In this episode we talk about suicide, mental illness, and why we got saddled with the burden we did, and why we are the perfect people to carry that burden.
March 17, 2020
What's Up With Men and Therapy?
Season 2, Episode 9: The difference in men who seek therapy and women who seek therapy is staggering. And yet...when a man loses his shit, it usually comes which much more dire consequences. So why won't men seek mental help? In today's conversation I talk to Dr. John Schinnerer, who is just as much of a research dork as I am, has the same potty mouth I do, and was the psychological consultant for the Pixar movie "Inside Out." (That's kinda the coolest part, no?) Dr. John also has his own podcast, The Evolved Caveman, and specializes in working with men who excel in every aspect of their life -- except the ability to form solid, healthy, interpersonal relationships. Be sure to check out his pod, I'm a huge fan.
March 09, 2020
All You Need Is Love -- and maybe a little sperm
Season 2, Episode 8: There is no better way to cap off February's theme of love, lust, and everything in between than this interview with Allie Fisher of The Mommy Confessions. It's trademarked, bitches! At the time of this interview, Allie was uber pregnant with her second child, but she was a real trouper. Allie is far braver than I am, as she chose to do this whole child-bearing thing without a partner. Twice. There is nothing that says love more than the love of a mother for a child -- especially during a temper tantrum.
February 27, 2020
What You Think You Know About Kink
Check out my interview with one of my new favorite people! Madam Chastain is a podcaster, a mom, a polyamorist, and a retired sex worker. She talks candidly about sex addiction, abuse, low self-esteem, and the journey she took to finally liking who she is. You can learn more about Chastain and her whole polyam family on the Pod Pod Cvlt Cast -- and yes, that Cvlt with a "V", which I think is sexy as hell.
February 17, 2020
Wanna learn how to Master Date?
Season 2, Episode 6: Tasha Jackson, psychotherapist and dating guru, joins me to discuss her new book, Master Dater. (TBH, she had me at the title) For more of Tasha's brilliance and insights, be sure to follow her on Instagram @shrink_shots And don't forget to order her book! https://www.amazon.com/Master-Dater-Hilarious-Anecdotes-Therapists/dp/0578580470/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=master+dater&qid=1581363465&sr=8-2
February 10, 2020
Make Your Vagina Happy
Season 2, Episode 5: Welcome to February, lovely listeners! This month's episodes are going to be devoted to love, lust, and everything in between. And why not start the month with a great big bang! (pun intended) In today's episode I talk with Sofia Fortin, founder of the Happy Vagina project, about sexuality after motherhood, how you can get your groove back, and why sex is vital in a good relationship. Also, stay tuned for a few tips about tantric sex, which sounds both terribly appealing and terribly time-consuming. Am I right? Sofia can be reached on Instagram @HappyVProject or on Facebook @The Happy Vagina Project
February 05, 2020
Season 2, Episode 4: I gotta be honest, I couldn't figure out what to name this episode. I thought about stealing the title of Paige Fieldstead's book, "Confessions From Your Fat Friend," but the truth is, Paige is so much more than anyone's fat friend. She is smart and funny and brave and bold and doing her best to Mom and work and live her dream. Just like the rest of us. Her book is beautiful. Her book makes you think. I highly recommend the read. But for now, enjoy the episode.
January 31, 2020
In this episode the amazingly bad-ass Gila Pfeffer of @the.mom.who.knew.too.much discusses her decision to actively take breast cancer by storm, the battle she has won, and why when it comes to your health, you *must* be your own greatest advocate. Join me for an honest discussion behind the woman who makes us laugh every day, and yet reminds us every month to take care of our ta-ta's.
January 26, 2020
Stop Hiding Behind Who You Think You Should Be
In today's episode I speak to Allison of Instagram's @AllisonFab about the importance of learning to live life without a filter -- both in your personal and your professional life.
January 20, 2020
What If I Hate My Kid?
Sometimes motherhood isn't all it's cracked up to be. And sometimes the child you give birth to isn't the child you imagined you would have. Dr. Samantha Rodman of @dr.psychmom discusses why this can happen and how you can overcome the negativity and resentment of Momming a child that feels all wrong for you.
January 13, 2020
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (a.k.a. Conscious Uncoupling, a.k.a. Everything Legal Told Us NOT to talk about)
Here it is, faithful listeners. You asked for it, you got it. Here is the E! True Hollywood Story behind the break-up of Lindsay and Sharone. It has been highly suggested by our legal department that we issue a warning: This episode is explicit and violent and not for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned and use caution before listening. Additionally, you should know that this episode description is extremely sarcastic and Lindsay sniffles a lot and cries a teensy tiny bit.
December 30, 2019
Sketchy, Funny, Moms of Instagram
It’s holiday season and we are unearthing the SCANDALS behind the moms who make you laugh. Gila of @the.mom.who.knew.too.much fled the country and forgot about her son’s art project! Kendra of @AnxiousMoms spends a lot of time hiding under a bridge, possibly selling drugs. And Lindsay of @PsychShrinkMom made up a completely fictional description of this super-fun episode. Happy Holidays!
December 23, 2019
Yup. Sometimes Kids are...a lot
Season 1, Episode 30: Special Bonus Episode! Boy mom of three Sarah Dunlop of @SometimesKidsAreDicks chats about her no good, horrible, very bad day and why small town living is the best and the worst.
December 20, 2019
Season 1, Episode 29: What If Your Child Died
Four years ago today, Isabella Risinger died just before her first Christmas, just before her first birthday. Isabella was born with Trisomy 18 and her death was the result of complications from this genetic abnormality. In today's episode of Neurotic Nourishment I interview Isabella's mother, Kristina Walling Risinger, about how to move forward with life after such a devastating loss. Moving on seems nearly impossible, but Kristina credits her faith in God, the support of her husband and community, and her desire to help others as the key elements that helped her to *move forward* rather than "move on." This episode was tough to record and may be uncomfortable to listen to. But listen to it. It's worth it. Kristina is a grief counselor, and a blogger at justbreathe-mama.com. Her website is kristinarisinger.com and today, on the anniversary of Isabella's death, Kristina has launched her own podcast, Faith Breathed Hope. Please listen, rate, review, and subscribe as we support this incredible woman.
December 17, 2019
Tortured By Toddlers
Season 1, Episode 27: Katy, or as you probably know her, @TorturedByToddlers, joins us to discuss her accidental rise to Instagram favorite and why we all need some humor to contrast our day jobs.
December 14, 2019
History Is Not Destiny: You can be a good parent, despite your parents
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson joins us to talk about her latest book, The Power of Showing Up. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to be a perfect parent. You just have to do four things.
December 09, 2019
It Doesn’t Matter How Great Your Ass Is, If Your Mind Is A Mess
Zoë Aston, therapist, creator of Your Mental Health Workout, and eating disorder survivor joins us to discuss why mental health and mindfulness should be a daily decision. Zoe’s mental health workout contains simple daily and weekly steps to keep your mind in great shape!
December 02, 2019
PCOS, fitness, and Jade Lee of Social Fit Misfits
Jade Lee’s entrepreneurial success started the way most great things do: with tears, trauma, and trying again.
November 25, 2019
Post Partum and Body Positivity
Sharone and Lindsay sit down with the incredible Dr. Jackie Schoemaker Holmes (@eatingheryoung) to discuss the importance of female friendships, the need for better maternal care, and the power behind Jackie’s relatable words on social media.
November 18, 2019
Why Race Matters With Ariiana Coles
We’re all in this together, right Mama’s? Bullshit. Do you know that women of color are 3-6 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications? And that’s despite the fact that 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Time to talk, Mama’s.
November 13, 2019
Are Women Funny?
Crystal Lowery, stand up comic, joins us to discuss the challenges of being a female in the world of comedy, life in Texas, and her sobriety.
November 06, 2019
Feeling Hopeless Doesn’t Last Forever: Real Talk About Suicide And Depression
Cody Taggart, fitness coach, bad-ass mental health advocate, and founder of Love Myself Clothing Apparel joins us to discuss the tough shit people don’t want to talk about
October 25, 2019
Episode 20: Marriage After Infidelity: Real Talk with Sara Buckley of @NotTheWorstMom
Comedian Sara Buckley of @nottheworstmom is fucking hilarious. And real. And nothing is more real than talking about marriage after infidelity, something she spoke with us about, as well as aired on her recent and popular podcast, @NotTheWorstMarriage. This episode also covers fun topics such as camming and adderall. Yay for mom topics!
October 15, 2019
Episode 19: Sometimes You Gotta Laugh
Alyce Chan is a NYC-based mom comedian who in addition to performing all over the city, produces one of the most brilliant parent meetups we've ever heard of - a morning BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) comedy show once a month. This funny lady also does great work for charity, and we just really like her and her mission to connect moms and dads through honesty and raw humor. And also, for not running away when this episode takes a weird turn as Lindsay unearthes a batshit crazy email. You can find Alyce on Instagram @momcomnyc or on her website http://www.momcom.co. Buckle up because this episode is crazy pants in the best way.
October 02, 2019
Season 1 Episode 18: Is Monogamy Outdated?
Dr. Samantha Rodman aka Dr. Psych Mom, a clinical psychologist, talks to us about relationships, including monogamy, and if we have it all wrong. Is monogamy natural? Is it outdated? Are open marriages becoming more mainstream? Dr. Rodman gives it to us straight. You can find her on drpsychmom.com or Facebook.com/drpsychmom
September 24, 2019
Season 1 Episode 17: Perfection Can Suck It
Dr. Carla Naumburg discusses her latest book, "How to Stop Losing Your Shit With Your Kids," and makes us feel better about our own mothering frustrations, while giving us much needed tips on how to keep our sanity intact. You may also know her from The Huffington Post, Slate, Salon, and Psychology Today.
September 14, 2019
Sometimes The Toughest Part of Motherhood Is Rembering Your Child's Name
Paige Kellerman, author, humorist, and the only person who carries as much trash in her car as Lindsay, joins us to discuss the balance of satisfying both our career aspirations and our children.
August 29, 2019
Dating With Daliya; First Dates Are For Sucking Face
Dalia Karnofsky of Not Your Therapist Podcast stops by to explain why you absolutely should make-out on a first date and why you shouldn't have a boyfriend for the first three months.
August 21, 2019
Season 1, Episode 14: Part 1: If Mental Health Matters, Why Is The System So Effed Up?
With violence and mass shootings on the rise in the United States -- and gun reform going nowhere -- we begin a discussion on the gaps in the Mental Health System and how this fails to keep us safe.
August 15, 2019
Dating Disasters and Why Nice Guys *Should* Finish First
Gina Ruccione, of "A Series of Unfortunate Dates," tolerates talk of Tinder, dating mistakes, and why we should grow the fuck up and stop blaming our parents.
August 10, 2019
Nik Reese on why it's Bad-Ass to be Boring
The amazing, amusing, always encouraging Nik Reese joins us to reveal the secret formula to sustainable weight loss and attempts to convert us into die-hard hot dog lovers.
August 03, 2019
Wanna Be Happy? Be Uncomfortable
We all want to grow and change and be thin and beautiful and successful. But are you willing to put up with the pain?
July 25, 2019
Anxiety: Self-Centered or Self-Protection?
Lindsay and Sharone discuss the various theories of anxiety, the importance of pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, and why edibles never end well.
July 18, 2019
Alte Sher: The Accessible Personal Trainer
Alte Sher of Bootique Bodies discusses her personal journey to fitness, and why she wants to make health and fitness accessible to everyone
July 12, 2019
Adult ADD and Me
Dr. Weisner discusses her recent diagnoses, and Sharone speaks about her experience with ADD - the obstacles, as well as the surprising perks.
July 04, 2019
Resiliency: The essential ingredient for long term success.
The ability to bounce back from mistakes and missteps is crucial in life and weight loss. Here's why.
June 25, 2019
Brand Ambassador or Bullshit?
Brand Ambassador or Bullshit What's behind the brand ambassador hype? Are there actual brands looking for YOU? Or is this just an urban legend that appeals to your Jungian Archetype?
June 17, 2019
What doesn't make you anxious makes you an Instagram personality 🤷
Join us as we welcome special guest Kendra, from @Anxious Moms. We explore what scared us before, what still scares us now, and how we managed to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and into a life of Instagram exposure.
June 12, 2019
216 Pounds To Personal Trainer.
216 pounds to personal trainer. Debra Davis reveals her own fitness journey, and what the rest of us, mere mortals, can do to achieve our health and fitness goals.
June 06, 2019
Does late-night eating destroy your diet or is it just one more way your parents screwed you up?
Does late-night eating destroy your diet or is it just one more way your parents screwed you up?
May 28, 2019
Us Versus Them: A Community Divided How local politics and groupthink can mess up our peaceful, smal
Sharone Sapir, Nutritionist, and Lindsay Weisner, Psychologist, explore how local politics and group dynamics can disturb the peace in small town suburbia.
May 21, 2019